United Nations arms embargo on Iran

How will the world react? The Middle East Programs presents a series of global perspectives on how the world is approaching the October 2020 expiration of the UN arms embargo on Iran.

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Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The American moment: Creating a new balance of power in Syria

The United States should seize this moment on changes in the Syrian landscape to create a new balance of power in Damascus.

MENASource by Ayman Abdel Nour and Dania Koleilat Khatib

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The Syrian parliamentary elections were a mockery

All in all, the July 19 result was not great for the Bashar al-Assad regime, but the veneer of a normal election was achieved, especially given that the low turnout could be excused by the pandemic.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Syria’s inconsequential 2021 presidential elections must be ignored

Russia and the United States will still have to contend with Iranian influence and its far more substantial ground presence in Syria.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour and Danny al-Baaj

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Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The American moment: Creating a new balance of power in Syria

The United States should seize this moment on changes in the Syrian landscape to create a new balance of power in Damascus.

MENASource by Ayman Abdel Nour and Dania Koleilat Khatib

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The Syrian parliamentary elections were a mockery

All in all, the July 19 result was not great for the Bashar al-Assad regime, but the veneer of a normal election was achieved, especially given that the low turnout could be excused by the pandemic.

MENASource by Michel Duclos

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Syria’s inconsequential 2021 presidential elections must be ignored

Russia and the United States will still have to contend with Iranian influence and its far more substantial ground presence in Syria.

MENASource by Jomana Qaddour and Danny al-Baaj

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

When it comes to Iran, not everything that goes boom in the night is sabotage

Even though it is tempting to attribute these current events to foreign sabotage, it is important not to assume that all of these incidents have the same cause.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Iran-Syria air defense pact could cause Russian-Iranian friction

Neither Damascus nor Tehran has been happy about Moscow’s unwillingness to enable themselves or Syria to halt Israeli attacks. The signing of the Iran-Syria air defense pact, though, may change this.

MENASource by Mark N. Katz

Iran Middle East

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Lipner in Haaretz: Baseless hatred? The assault on the Wexner Foundation as a case study

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Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Fighting COVID-19 with surveillance: Perspectives from across the globe

As more countries rely on digital tools to contain the spread of COVID-19, how will enhanced surveillance challenge privacy norms in the future? According to the World Health Organization, public health surveillance is critical to containing the pandemic. However, can enhanced surveillance during a public health crisis set precedents for digital surveillance in the future?

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler and Lily Liu

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Wed, Jul 29, 2020

The tale of an Iranian foreign minister’s rise and fall from grace

Mohammad Javad Zarif's fall from grace cannot be considered apart from the Rouhani administration’s and the larger moderate camp’s loss of credibility in the eyes of many Iranians.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Amin Naeni

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Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Iran’s air attack tools have limited utility against adversaries

From Tehran’s point of view, a strong emphasis on air attack tools is understandable and reasonable. However, it is important not to overestimate the impact these means can deliver.

IranSource by Robert Czulda

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Blanford quoted in Forbes on Israel and Hezbollah tension

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